Coming to the UK – How a locum starts work in the UK

Thought about locum work UK?

Team Locum will help you with the process of becoming a locum, moving to and completing both locum work UK or finding a permanent position.

Have you ever found yourself working as a pharmacist or optometrist, part time or a full time position and thought… I fancy a change? We at Team Locum might be able to help you. We are working tirelessly to help anybody that’s looking to work in the UK!
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Other cities are available, London is just pretty recognisable…
We have a vigorous process that covers the basis and lets you know everything you need to when making the move to do locum work UK. We also help you through the process as and when you need us to! It works differently for people inside and outside the EEA, although those gaps seem to be shortening due to… current situations. A brief overview on how to apply for pharmacists, for a more detailed analysis give us a call or drop us an email today at [email protected] Step 1 complete an Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) Complete an Applying for eligibility to complete an Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) form so that we can assess your eligibility. You will need to pay a fee of £687, you can find this form here: Step 2 Pre-registration training in England, Scotland or Wales signed off as satisfactory by your tutor Step 3 Complete the GPhC registration assessment with a pass result, which can be found here; Step 4 Providing evidence of English speaking competency. Read the application guidance to find out if you need to provide evidence of your English language competency as part of your application. Here you can find out how to provide evidence, and what types we will accept in the Providing evidence of English language competency guidance pack. You can find more information about the legal requirements in our guidance on evidence of English language skills. Step 5 Assessing your pharmacy qualification If your pharmacy qualification is not assessed as equal to at least a UK bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, you must carry out an assessment of the syllabus of the degree that you studied. Step 6 Register with the GPHC Step 7 Getting the visa

How to apply as an Optometrist

International Registration Pre-requisites to make sure you meet before applying.
  • Either after you have done your degree or from the age of 18, undertaken either 3 full years – or equivalent to 3 years – training
  • Have a qualification outside of the UK to practice Optometry – note that you must’ve completed the qualification in the same country as you’ve trained
  • Have been practicing for one out of the last 10 years and been registered with a regulatory body
  • Achieved a minimum score of 7 in the academic IELTS ( Individual scores for each section of the test must not be lower than 6, with the exception of the “Speaking” section which minimum score must be 7
Step one The first step is to complete the GOC (General Optical Council) checks. Once you’ve completed that, the GOC will then review your self-assessment. If successful, you’ll be able to carry on to step two. Step two If the GOC are ok with you continuing the process, then you’ll receive an application form from them. When you receive your application form, fill out the relevant parts and attach the relevant supporting documents needed. Step three If the GOC are happy and approve your application, you’ll be invited to an interview with 2 non-UK assessors. The purpose behind the interview is to help the GOC understand whether your qualifications and experience fall in line with those set by the GOC. If successful, then you’ll be able to carry on to step four. If unsuccessful, then you’ll receive contact from the GOC saying whether you need further academic training. Step four – (THE COLLEGE OF OPTEOMTRISTS REGISTRATION/SCHEME FOR REGISTRATION) The College of Optometrists registration (
  1. Apply for a pre-reg job
  2. Apply for a Tier 5 visa
How much will it cost?
The international optometrists process for locum work UK includes the requirement to pay a number of different fees depending on progression of the application:
  • £125 scrutiny fee of the application form and supporting documents;
  • £450 for assessment of the application; and
  • £200 for the interview.
How long will it take?
  • Once you have submitted your application form, we will advise you within 28 days if we require any further information before progressing your application to the assessment stage.
  • If your application progresses for an assessment it can take up to four months to assess including the interview stage. Any payment delays or unavailability for the interview will likely mean it will take longer than four months.
  • If further education and training is required, it will be your responsibility to identify and secure a suitable provider to complete this. You will need to provide a proposal to the GOC for approval prior to starting the placement. Depending on the recommendation you may be required to pay a fee to the provider for their course. The GOC cannot guarantee the timescale this part of the process will take.

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